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Posted: Saturday, August 23rd 2014 at 10:26am

Brenau freshmen meet face-to-face with Jimmy Carter

By Brian Stewart Staff
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ATLANTA - First-year students at Brenau University Women's College got a chance to meet one-on-one with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

The women's first assignment was to write a report on the Georgia native's most recent book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.

Carter said the reason he came to the event was that two of his close friends, Brenau alumnae Nancy Moore and Nan Powell, told him he "had to do it."

Both women worked on his campaigns for governor and president.

One student asked if America had improved its treatment of women since Carter took office in 1977.

"We've gone down hill," said Carter, who cited the treatment of women who've been raped or sexually assaulted as an example.

After the Q and A session, Brenau President Ed Schrader brought a signed Andy Warhol print of "Jimmy Carter III" from Brenau's permanent art collection, and asked Carter to autograph it.

Carter signed the glass over the painting, which was released after his presidential election as part of Warhol's "Inaugural Impressions" portfolio.

Students read Carter's book and attended the meeting as part of a "freshman seminar" class, a one-hour credit class designed to promote critical thinking skills.
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